Federating for the future – Legal and financial context

When May 21, 2015 from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where London
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In the Five Year Forward View, the NHS sets out a vision of primary care playing a stronger role in a more integrated system of services based in the community.

Following our successful Federating for the Future events, PCC has teamed up with a leading firm of solicitors specialising in general practice and an expert in primary care finance to explain what you need to know to become a viable commercial entity able to participate fully in the new landscape.

This event is designed to help your organisation evolve to make the vision a reality by explaining the legal and financial considerations for practices and aspiring federations. It is for those considering federating or in newly federated organisations, including GPs and practice teams. It would also be of interest to CCGs beginning to take on primary care commissioning responsibilities and others who work in the primary care sector.

The event provides essential information about working in an integrated services environment and taking on new contracts to provide services, including: 

• Co-contracting – integrated provision, liabilities, accountability, performance management
• Sub-contracting – federations and their providers, relationship management, due diligence and legal documentation
• Practice partnership agreements and federation shareholdings
• Delegated powers
• Conflict of interests – and how these affect federations, practices and partners
• Novation of contracts - what are the restrictions, when is it appropriate?
• Contractual mergers
• Pensionable services
• Funding flows and business viability

Andrew Lockhart-Mirams, who leads the legal sessions, co-founded Lockharts Solicitors in 1995 after 15 years of primary care regulatory and contract work. For more than twenty years, he acted for the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA on a wide range of regulatory and contractual issues affecting GPs, including the new GMS contract in 2004.

Leading the financial considerations session will be Mark Wilson who is a qualified chartered accountant with extensive knowledge and experience working with the NHS at a strategic level and commercial experience working with innovative provider organisations, including federations.

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